Deadline for Submissions on Extension of Cursiter Quarry

Reminder that if you wish to make comments about the future of Cursiter Quarry in Firth then you will have to do so by the 15th of February.

Cursiter Quarry

How to submit comments:

  • In writing to AECOM  by email to Fraser Blackwood
  • By post to Fraser Blackwood, APEX 2, 97 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5HD by 15 February 2019.

Owned by Orkney Islands Council the  quarry extracts Devonian Flagstone which is highly suited to a range of crushed aggregate products, in particular as roadstone and aggregates, used for producing asphalt for road construction and maintenance, with the quarry being the only active producer of asphalt in Orkney.

As part of a 3-phased expansion plan designed to secure additional reserves the quarry could increase in size over the next three decades expanding into neighbouring fields.

Current output ranges between 75,000 and 120,000 tonnes of rock per year and if approved, the 7ha expansion will release approximately 3 million tonnes of additional resources, sufficient for another 30 years of production.

You can find all the information here:

Long Term Development of Cursiter Quarry in Firth


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